Mental illness came for a visit the last week and I was completely taken aback by the complexity, pain, sorrow, and beauty of it all.
I have been depressed in my life. Mostly situational and temporary. My husband has had more experience and some very scary things happen with a loved one. I was not prepared, not that I think anyone really is. I am deeply saddened that it could affect our lives so much and so quickly. I have a much better understanding of mental illness now. The mentally ill are not damaged, they are just different. Their bodies and chemistry work differently then mine. Their coping mechanisms don't work the way they should.
Mental illness stayed for a visit. It came uninvited with someone we know and love. We did all that we could for them. I am not normally a praying person, but I pray that they find some peace. I realize now how people with mental illness can be homeless so quickly, how the mentally ill can die so easily, and how easy it is to dismiss them and shun them. A beautiful, brilliant young person, could be gone in a moment. I wish for everyone that suffers from mental illness, the visit takes to them to a different destination.
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